Training & Nutrition
We want to help you reach your FRESH 15 race goals – whether it’s running your first 5K or setting a personal record in the 15K.
For a 10-week beginner 5K and 15K training plan, see the links below. These plans were designed specifically for the FRESH 15 race course.
Most runners agree that one of the most successful running plans involves accountability and friendship. Having a group that you can count on to train with you will actually help you stick to your fitness goals. There are several group runs located in Tyler that are a great way to get involved in the running community:
- Saturdays, 7am at FRESH by Brookshire’s
- Mondays, 6am at Rose Rudman Trails
- Wednesdays, 6pm at Racquet and Jog
There are several running groups around Tyler that also meet up at various weekday mornings. To get involved with these groups check them out on Facebook:
Apps and Education
A great resource to run your first 5K is the Couch-to-5K app that can be downloaded on Apple and Android devices. By following the recommendations of this easy-to-use app, you will be on the right path to getting in shape and becoming a runner.
Another great idea is to download a running app such as Nike+, MapMyRun, or many others. This way you can track your progress, time yourself, compete with friends and get daily motivations/reminders, etc.
Download these apps for iPhone at the App Store.
Download these apps for Android at Google Play.
Runner’s World is a great place to search for any questions you have related to running, training, nutrition and motivation. Check out their website.
Now that we’ve covered how to train, make sure you are well versed on your nutrition strategy. Many runners use the carb-load technique the day before incorrectly. Follow the tips below for a proper carb-load to ensure the best performance on race day:
- Don’t aim for the typical ‘huge pasta meal’; instead plan for a pre-race high-carb day that will give your body time to digest and store the carbs for proper use.
- Eating rice, waffles, bread, cereal, bagels, yogurt and juices that are easy to digest are great options.
- Avoid fruits that are high in fiber to avoid any digestive issues during your race. If you’re a fruit person, peel your apples, pears, and peaches to lower the fiber content. Aim for bananas since they are high in potassium and low in fiber.
- Begin your carb-load 1-3 days before race day depending on the distance you are running! For the 5K, one day before is sufficient, while the 15K maybe 2 days before if you are not typically running that far on a regular basis.
- Most importantly, do not try anything new on race day since your body will be used to the things you usually put into it and may likely reject or react to changing it up while your race day nerves are running high.
- Water, water, water! Running over 45 minutes should always involve a little water drinking at about the 45 minute mark. Another great option is using gels, goo’s, or carb drinks. These types of products give your body the fuel to keep going without having to work harder to break down stored energy supplies.